The frame is made of heavy formed and welded steel, reinforced in critical areas for even greater strength:
Smooth, rounded contours present a modern, styled appearance:
The 42-in. (107-cm) AccelDeep mower deck is a stamped-steel, deep, flat-top design that delivers excellent cut quality, productivity, cleanliness, durability, and versatility. Optimal performance and dispersion of clippings is provided, even at faster mowing speeds:
Deep mower-deck stamping gives excellent cut quality. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck without getting recut:
Deep mower-deck stamping gives high productivity, which gets the job done fast. It allows the cut and suspended material room to exit the deck quickly, reducing the amount of re-cutting so more power is available to process incoming grass:
Large discharge opening is both high and wide to handle more material:
MulchControl is well-suited to the following mowing situations:
While in the side-discharge mode, MulchControl will still mulch about one third of the material. Therefore, the side-discharge mode is essentially a partial-mulch mode. This can be an advantage when side discharging or bagging, as it helps to reduce the amount of material being discharged. Other times this could work as a disadvantage:
The flat-top shape of the deck stamping is optimal for keeping itself and the operator clean:
Cleaning a mower deck, both top and bottom, is one of the most frequent maintenance activities:
A wash port is provided to make cleaning the underside of the mower deck easy.
The 42A mower deck has strong spindle pockets, to keep the blades aligned, even after years of tough service:
Mower wheels are double-captured:
Low-tension belt-drive design reduces the side load on the engines lower bearing and mower deck bearings for longer life.
Rolled outer edge of the deck provides extra strength and protection.
Dual-stage E-coat and powder-paint coatings provide extra protection from rust.
The 42A mower is designed for maximum versatility, providing the greatest ease in changing from one mower discharge mode to another:
The MulchControl attachment for the 42A mower deck makes mulching more practical for many mowing situations because it not only does an excellent job of mulching but it also allows the mower to be easily converted for times when it is more desirable to side discharge or collect the lawn material. Advantages of mulching grass clippings include:
MulchControl is an innovative, simple design that is easy to use and maintain:
High-lift bagging blades are included with the chute. They provide optimum performance when bagging in difficult conditions, such as when the grass is moist, dense, or long:
Mulching blades are included with the MulchControl attachment. They can be used for mulching, side discharging, and bagging in most conditions.
Mower blade use chart
|Mode(s) of operation||Mower blade|
|Side discharging mode only||M170639 side-discharge blade (shipped with mower)|
|Bagging mode only||GX25668 bagging blade (shipped with BG20754 rear bagger chute)|
|Mulching mode only||M170642 mulching blade (shipped with BM24794 MulchControl)|
|Side discharge and mulching||M170642 mulching blade (shipped with BM24794 MulchControl)|
|Side discharge and bagging||GX25668 bagging blade (shipped with BG20754 rear bagger chute)|
|Side discharge, mulching, and bagging||M170642 mulching blade (shipped with BM24794 MulchControl)|
An optional 7-bu (247-L) cut-and-throw rear bagger material collection system (MCS) is available for use with the 42-in. (107-cm) Accel Deep Mower. It provides an efficient means of collecting grass clippings and leaves.
The hopper design provides modern styling, great bagging performance, cleaner operation, and easy-to-empty bags:
A mower deck must be level side-to-side and properly adjusted front-to-rear to give the best cutting performance. A removable on-board deck-leveling gauge and a hex-key tool are provided to make adjustment easy. They are securely stored under the tractor seat.
Exact Adjust leveling ports are provided on each side of the operator platform above the mower-level adjusting bolts. With the hex-shaped tool, they provide convenient access to allow quick and easy adjustment of the mower for the best-cut quality of cut.
The Exact Adjust feature is standard on all Select Series™ X300 and X500 Tractors:
Consult the operator's manual for the correct adjusting procedures for each tractor model. Basic adjusting steps to properly level the mower deck include:
NOTE: The adjusting tool supplied with the tractor is an 8-mm ball-hex key, part number M162737. The rounded end allows for some misalignment with the bolt as the deck is adjusted.
NOTE: In the schematic above, the solid line refers to a four-wheel steer tractor, and the hashed line refers to a two-wheel steer tractor.
Four-wheel steering provides very significant maneuverability and trimming advantages over that of two-wheel-steering-equipped tractors.
For example, with the X384 Select Series™ Tractor equipped with a 48-in. (122-cm) Accel Deep™ Mower (the following numbers correspond to the schematic above):
Also, trimming inside curves around flower beds or other landscaping can be done more completely with a 4-wheel steer tractor.
The four-wheel steering system is designed for tight turns, leading to greater mowing efficiency:
Sealed ball bearings are used at critical all-wheel-steer joints for reduced friction, longer life, and less maintenance.
Easy steering is important for an enjoyable mowing experience:
The tractor is powered by a John Deere iTorque™ power system, a combination of engine features and an exclusive hood design that provides superior lugging ability, even cooling, and durability.
Key engine features include:
A flywheel alternator provides plenty of capacity to quickly recharge the battery and power electrical equipment, such as lights or a sprayer:
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Lawn Tractor with 42-in. Deck
|Displacement||36.8 cu in.|
|Type||Overhead valve, full-pressure lube, oil filter|
|Cylinders||V-twin, cast-iron liners|
|Choke/speed control||Separate levers, automatic choke return|
|Air cleaner||Dry, replaceable with foam precleaner|
|Oil drain||No tools|
|Fuel delivery||Pulse pump, carburetor|
|Fuel gauge||Gauge on dash|
|Fuel tank location||Rear|
|Fuel fill opening||On left fender, 3 in.|
|Fuel tank capacity||3.3 U.S. gal.|
|Charging system||Flywheel alternator, regulated, 15 amp|
|Headlights||Two standard, incandescent, 27 W|
|Taillights or reflector||No|
|Rear work lights||No|
|Type||K46 hydrostatic integrated with transaxle|
|Control||Twin Touch™ pedals|
|Cruise control||Yes, button on dash|
|Oil cooler||Fins and fan on transaxle|
|Oil filter||Internal, not replaceable|
|Forward speed||0-5.5 mph|
|Reverse speed||0-4 mph|
|Brakes||Internal wet disc|
|Weight bracket||Optional front and rear|
|Front axle||Cast iron front axle, front wheel ball bearings|
|Hood material||Molded-in color hood material reduces sound, will not rust or dent|
|Fender deck material||Stamped steel|
|Floor mats||Sure-grip rubber|
|Storage||On fender and under seat|
|Service interval decal||Yes|
|Equipment mounting||Yes, heavy duty|
|Type||Manual, sector and pinion|
|Steering wheel||Large, 14 in.|
|Tilt steering wheel||No|
|Turning radius||15 in.|
|Uncut circle radius||15 in.|
|Type||Open-back design with grasp|
|Seat back height||15 in.|
|Fore-aft adjustment||While seated, slide rail, 14-position, 7 in.|
|Seat suspension||Tilt, two coil springs, three-position no-tools adjustment for operator weight|
|Type||Foot pedal with optional adjustable spring assist kit|
|Mower cut height||13 positions, 1-4 in.|
|Cut height increments||0.25 in.|
|Preset cut height||Yes|
|Cutting width||42 in.|
|Construction||Stamped steel deck shell|
|Mower deck material||12 gauge|
|Mower wash port||Yes|
|Mower drive system||Electric power take-off (PTO) clutch, in-line belt|
|Mower wheel adjustment||Four-position, tool required|
|Mower level adjustment||Exact Adjust ports and onboard deck-leveling gauge|
|Type||Slide under tractor|
|Front draft arms||Attached with spring pins at two points|
|Rear draft arms||Two pins and spring clips|
|Mower wheels rotate||No|
|Drive system||Single belt|
|Meets ANSI standard||Yes|
|Meets OPEI standard||Yes|
|Backup protection||Reverse Implement Option (RIO)|
|Notes||One-piece hood for easy service access, molded-in color hood material reduces sound and will not rust or dent|
4-wheel steering for unmatched maneuverability and trimming capability
Durable E-coat primer and powder-paint finish
|Warranty||4 year/300 hour bumper-to-bumper* (*Term limited to years or hours used, whichever comes first, and varies by model. See the LIMITED WARRANTY FOR NEW JOHN DEERE TURF AND UTILITY EQUIPMENT at JohnDeere.com or JohnDeere.ca/TUWarranty for details.)|
|Rear bagger||2-bag, 7 bu|
|Powered material collection|
|Mulching system||Yes, MulchControl™|
|Front thatcher||38, 46, 54 in.|
96.5, 116.8, 137.2 cm
|Front blade||44 in.|
|Snow blower||Two-stage, 44 in.|
|Rear power take-off (PTO)|
|Sprayer||Tow-behind, 15 U.S. gal.|
Tow-behind, 25 U.S. gal.
Mounted, 25 U.S. gal.
|Spreader||Tow-behind, 125 lb|
Tow-behind, 175 lb
Mounted, 125 lb
|Front bumper||Styled bumper option|
|Weather protection||Weather enclosure|
|Rear receiver hitch|
|Bucket holder||Yes, double bucket|
|Grass striping||Lawn striping kit|
|Tractor shovel||40 in.|
|Overall length||72 in.|
|Width with mower||50.5 in.|
|Width with mower (deflector raised for storage)||50.5 in.|
|Width without mower||41 in.|
|Weight||Mower, no fuel, 623 lb|
¹Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 03 March 2020 to 30 April 2020. Subject to approved credit on a Revolving Plan account, a service of John Deere Financial, f.s.b. For consumer use only. No down payment required. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date at 17.90% APR if the purchase balance is not paid in full within 12 months or if your account is otherwise in default. Available at participating U.S. dealers. Prices and models may vary by dealer. Offer available on new equipment and in the U.S. only. Prices and savings in U.S. dollars.
²Offer valid on qualifying purchases made between 03 March 2020 to 30 April 2020. Subject to approved credit on a Revolving Plan account, a service of John Deere Financial, f.s.b. For consumer use only. No down payment required. 4.9% APR is for 48 months only, regular Revolving Plan rates will apply after that. The regular Revolving Plan rate, which varies over time, is currently 19.75% APR. Available at participating U.S. dealers. Prices and models may vary by dealer.
¹Offer available from 20 March 2020 and 30 April 2020. $300 off the purchase of a new X330, X350, X350R, X354, X370, X380, X384, X390 or X394 Select Series Lawn Tractor from a participating John Deere dealer between 20 March 2020 until 30 April 2020. Available at participating John Deere dealers in the U.S. Dollars off will be deducted from the agreed upon purchase price. Some restrictions apply, see your participating John Deere dealer for complete details.